NBC Universal Data Scientist, Financial Planning & Analysis in Orlando, Florida

Data Scientist, Financial Planning & Analysis

Job ID: 248666



Universal Parks & Resorts is comprised of Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, Universal Studios Singapore, as well as a new destination coming in Beijing, China. We are a universe of opportunities for people who have a lot to offer. It takes a special kind of person to work at all of our destinations. An individual who knows how to be part of a team. Someone with a sense of fun who’s serious about their work. A person who knows it doesn’t take magic to put a smile on a guest’s face… it takes hard work, dedication, knowledge and just the right amount of Universal attitude. Universal’s theme parks offer exactly the kind of vacation families crave – bringing together popular culture’s most compelling stories, characters and adventures to create some of the world’s most innovative and entertaining attraction experiences. These are immersive, next-level, adventures such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, outrageously fun attractions such as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and highly themed, authentic experiences based on cutting-edge television, such as Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. We embrace the power of cultural diversity and inclusion and continuously strive to maintain a team that is a reflection of our global audience. Universal Parks & Resorts adheres to ‘The Universal Way’ by not just meeting guest expectations, but exceeding them, every time. Join us if you want to collaborate, innovate, develop, and deliver the most compelling entertainment experiences imaginable that drive growth for the Universal brand around the world. Universal Parks & Resorts provides world-class entertainment destinations with signature theme parks that create unparalleled entertainment.

JOB SUMMARY : Design, develop and evaluate advanced predictive and machine learning models with a focus on attendance and profitability forecasting. Analyze and extract relevant information about guest behaviors and preferences from both structured and unstructured data to better understand visitation and origin trends. Help define and optimize financial strategy using a variety of techniques, ranging from statistical analysis to complex data mining and modeling. Deliver clear and compelling findings with data visualization tools and presentations that inform and assist in key decisions for internal stakeholders. Collaborate with colleagues in Marketing, Operations, Finance, and IT to infuse predictive analytics into increased forecasting accuracy and profitability.


  • Develops relevant statistical models to assist in attendance and profitability forecasting

  • Create and execute automation and data mining requests utilizing SQL, Access, Excel, SAS and other statistical programs

  • Mine and collect data (both structured and unstructured) to detect patterns, opportunities and insights that drive our business

  • Create the analytics to leverage known, inferred and appended information about origins and recognizing patterns to assist in outlook forecasting

  • Trouble shoot forecast and optimization anomalies with FP&A team through the use of statistical and mathematical optimization models. Develop testing to explain and or reduce these anomalies.

  • Oversee and develop key metric forecasts as well as provide budget support based on trends in the business/industry.


  • Experience leveraging predictive modeling, big data analytics, exploratory data analysis and machine learning to drive significant business impact

  • Expert knowledge programming/statistics (R or Python, SAS)

  • Expert in Microsoft Products (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access)

  • Capable of interacting with relational databases through SQL

  • Ability to manipulate unstructured data to form insights about the business

  • Understanding of big data technologies Hadoop and Hbase

  • Familiar with visual analytic tools such as Tableau

  • Ability to paint a picture through analytics that will enhance and determine business decisions

  • Demonstrated a willingness to both teach others and learn new techniques

  • Ability to handle multiple projects required and work independently in a deadline oriented environment

  • Desire to work in a fast paced environment required

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree required (Statistics/Finance/Mathematics); Master’s degree and/or Certificate in Statistics/Analytics required.

EXPERIENCE: 5+ years prior hands-on experience in data science. Experience programming with statistical modeling tools to fuel and deliver forecasts with financial accuracy. Strong familiarity with manipulating and mining unstructured data to transform business decisions that impact the bottom line.

Your talent, skills and experience will be rewarded with a competitive compensation package.

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